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Lepidium meyenii

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lepidium (lep-PID-ee-um) (Info)
Species: meyenii (mey-YEN-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Lepidium peruvianum

Category:

Annuals

Biennials

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Perennials

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Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 24, 2015, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easily germinated in a peat-based seedling mix. Seedlings thrive in this medium with adequate moisture and lighting, and then things tend to go wrong.

This plant appreciates sunlight, but where things begin to go awry is when temperatures rise above 80F (27C). It just doesn't seem to handle the heat well, especially if appreciable humidity is present. This appears to be too far removed from its native environment. Even Alpine plants fare better. This plant is almost certainly better suited to cooler, perhaps drier regions.

In hot climates, this is one plant that is best container grown, probably fares better in a moist sandy loam rather than commercial peat mixes, and should be 'oversummered' indoors under good lighting.

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On Apr 22, 2010, dianne99 from Brookville, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

Native to the high Andes where it is always harsh and little else grows. Sources did not agree as to whether it is annual, biennial or perennial, but most said it matures in 8-10 months. Germinates in 5 days. Underground hypocotyl is nutritious staple. Wikipedia says it is often planted under potatoes to repel pests. Stephen Scott, co-owner of Underwood Gardens/Terroir Seeds, suggested trying this in clay or poor soil in the shade, as it prefers a cool climate. Have not grown this yet.